George Washington Papers

To George Washington from John Lowrey, 7 April 1792

From John Lowrey

Philadelphia April 7th 1792


I feal a degree of defidence, in troubling your Excellency—but beg that your impartial candor Will pardon the following observations.

When a requisition from the general government to Raise troops for the protection of our fronteer brethren At the westward, my fealings being effected with their Unhappy sittuation, felt that impulse to leave my Private walks of life and step forth agreeable to The requisitions afore cited, in the capasity of a Quarter Master, in the Jersey Battallean of levies—in which I endeavoured to discharg the duties of my station with fidelity to the publick and to the satisfaction of the Individuals of the Corps—but the Operations of the Campaign was in a degree unfortunate—by which my private business being deranged, and I still wishing to Contobute my exertion in another trial of the fortune of War—did on my return from the westward signify to the secretary at war my wishes to be appointed again in the troops to be raised for that purpose.

I therefore would wish to signify to your Excellency if you can conveniently indulge me with an appointment in said troops agreeable to the recommendations of those Gentlemen who solicited in my favour. I am your Excellencys most obedient and very humble servant

John Lowrey


John Lowrey (Lowry; d. 1793) of Mendham, Morris County, N.J., served as a lieutenant in the levies under the command of Maj. Gen. Arthur St. Clair in 1791. GW named him an ensign on 9 April, and the Senate confirmed the nomination two days later. Lowrey was promoted to lieutenant in the 2d Sub-Legion in February 1793, and he was killed in action against the Indians in the Northwest Territory on 17 Oct. 1793 (see GW to the U.S. Senate, 9 April; Executive Journal, description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America: From the commencement of the First, to the termination of the Nineteenth Congress. Vol. 1. Washington, D.C., 1828. description ends 1:118–19, 133–34).

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